2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx LT 4dr Hatchback (3.5L 6cyl 4A)
First off, the auto press nit-picking about the steering, gruff engine and interior simply are not true. The electric steering is just fine, it adjusts to vehicle speed and there is all the feedback of a hydraulic unit. I notice no difference and I have driven a lot of cars in my life. As for the engine, it's just as quiet and smooth as the V6 in my mom's Lexus RX300. The interior, well, on the LT it's cloth, not leather, but it's just as swank as my work mate's Accord LX - it's workaday, no doubt, but for a mid-line interior it's got what the others do. This car also handles and brakes very well, too. Don't let the press fool you - this car is every bit the equal of it's Japanese competition.
TIght construction, handling, acceleration, fuel economy (avg 26.4 mpg so far in mostly city driving and that's with a 3.5L V6).
Make steering wheel controls standard for all radios.